ShoreGroup Announces Successful Virtualized Deployment of Cisco Unified Communications Release 8.0 on Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) for Multi-National Media Company

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ShoreGroup, Inc., a premier systems management solutions and IT professional services firm, today announced that it has successfully deployed Cisco Unified Communications (UC) 8.0 applications in a fully virtualized environment within Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) B-Series Blade Servers for a large multi-national media company. This most recent "UC on UCS" deployment illustrates ShoreGroup's expertise in designing, deploying, and supporting virtualized Cisco Unified Communications (UC) implementations.

"'UC on UCS' is a deployment strategy for operating multiple instances of various Cisco UC applications on one physical server as opposed to the need for a standalone physical server for each and every UC application. Many of our customers have already virtualized much of their data center over the past few years, and some of the last remaining applications to be virtualized have included their UC applications. With the Cisco UCS Server hardware platform and Cisco UC 8.0 software release, virtualization of these applications is now a reality," said Barry Katzman, ShoreGroup's Director of Sales Engineering.

"ShoreGroup's strong UC engineering capabilities as well as its committed lab investment in both Cisco UCS and shared EMC storage has led to the development of a concise approach for supporting the needs that mid-sized to enterprise-scale organizations have when deploying a wide-range of Unified Communications technologies and applications," said Jeff Ortolano, ShoreGroup's Regional Sales Director. "ShoreGroup possesses the specialized skills and resources required to build intelligent Unified Communication and Cisco Data Center solutions that extend between multiple sites and across geographies based on industry-leading Cisco products, including Cisco Communications Manager, Cisco Unity Connection, Cisco Contact Center (Express and Enterprise) operating on the UCS-B and UCS-C series platform under VMware ESXi."

"ShoreGroup's strong UC engineering capabilities and experience in deploying modular and blade technology provides our customers with the foundation for building solid solutions in migrating to UCS instead of simply responding to a specific data center hardware requirement," added Katzman. "When UCS is coupled with virtualization and storage technology, organizations are building a data center that simultaneously supports network, storage, and management of traffic while containing physical costs and simplifying operations."

As part of its comprehensive data center strategy, ShoreGroup has recently announced that its CaseSentry® Systems Management Platform has been enhanced to support the monitoring and management of Cisco's Unified Computing System as well as newly announcing its virtual CaseSentry (vCS) architecture providing virtualized management applications for large enterprises and service providers.

ShoreGroup holds Cisco Advanced Specializations in Data Center Networking Infrastructure, Data Center Storage Networking, Routing & Switching, Security, Unified Communications, and Wireless LAN. ShoreGroup is also a Cisco Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) for Data Center Unified Computing, Unified Contact Center Enterprise (UCCE) and Customer Voice Portal (CVP), and is a TelePresence Commercial Partner.

About ShoreGroup, Inc.

ShoreGroup delivers a complete portfolio of industry-leading management applications, maintenance solutions, professional services and products for Unified Communications networks. ShoreGroup develops innovative management applications on its dynamic CaseSentry® platform, eliminating the pitfalls of traditional management systems to enable IT, telecom and contact center support organizations to easily and effectively manage availability, performance, service levels and support processes for complex networked environments. The company's ShorePatrol™ Remote Management Service delivers the high-quality Unified Communications monitoring, maintenance and support that organizations rely upon to ensure the availability of their vital business processes.

ShoreGroup's professional service solutions provide leading consultation, design and implementation services for high-availability networks. The company's expertise in unified communications including IP Telephony/VoIP and IP contact centers, LAN/WAN, data center, telepresence, wireless and security produces manageable solutions that optimize business processes, communications, employee productivity and accessibility to enable organizations to derive the maximum business value from their information technology investment. As a Cisco Gold Certified Partner with advanced specializations, ShoreGroup's service portfolio is backed by solid industry credentials.

Additional information about ShoreGroup's products and services can be found at http://www.shoregroup.com.

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